March 06, 2007


Yesterday our cable/internet service went out. When Sam called Comcast to see why the lady on the phone told him that there was a problem with the satellite because of the sun and that when the sun went down the problem would be fixed. Now as much as Sam and I didn't believe that that could be possible in any way we decided to just wait and see what happened when the sun went down. We thought it would make for a pretty funny story if the sun went down and our cable/internet service instantly came back on. As it turned out it wasn't the sun, someone unplugged the wrong wire (and it still makes for a pretty funny story) I am still left with the question though of what in the world that lady was talking about!

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October 12, 2006


Today I got a nice little air show from our apt. window.

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September 21, 2006

Small World

Today we were driving down Arlington Boulevard and in front of us I see a car with "Mellab" as a vanity plate. I am one who always gets irritated with vanity plates that I don't understand but this one seemed odd because it is the name of the village in Morocco where I was a Peace Corps Volunteer. So I'm thinking, what are the chances? As luck would have it we pulled up next to the guy at a red light and Sam rolled down the window to ask. Sure enough the guy is from Mellab, Morocco, population well under 1,000! As strange as it all seemed to me I have to wonder if it was even a little more strange to him.

The Road to Mellab

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September 05, 2006

New Sites

The baby decided she needed her own blog, so that can be found here.

Also coming soon, Free-Hands.Net which will be a collective of homemade crafts with some friends of mine.

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April 11, 2006

Pet Peeves

This has happened to me about 5 times in the last month so I have to vent! Not to be gross but I just find it so annoying when you go into a public restroom and the person before you, trying to be more sanitary, has put paper towel or toilet paper all over the seat. While I donít have a problem with that, I donít understand why someone who would do that would then leave the paper on the seat for the next person to remove. Thatís a bit of a double standard isnít it?

While I'm on the topic of things that annoy me I'll quickly add that I can't stand when people who I barely know or know and don't like call me by a nickname.

Ok, enough venting for today...

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February 27, 2006

Traveling the World


This map shows the countries I've been to. I think it's about 21 so I have a long way to go. Hopefully over the next few years there will be a lot more red.

create your own visited countries map

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February 11, 2006

One extra step

Rather than going directly to when I am shopping I now go through the Ballet Tech website. My friend's son attends this New York school and every time you go through their site they get a small percentage donation of whatever you spend at Amazon. So if you can, take an extra second and go to this site first Ballet Tech

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February 02, 2006

Donating while searching the web

Instead of going to or when you need to search for something try using this site GoodSearch

I'm using it to support the Kenosha Racine Land Trust. This is a non-profit a friend of mine works for. They work to preserve land and natural areas in Racine and Kenosha counties. (Racine, WI is my hometown) Use the site honestly though or they will take the charity off the list.

Click KRLT for more information about this organization.

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January 19, 2006

Our Trusty Paper


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December 20, 2005

At a standstill

Having lived in New York for three years I'm having a hard time comprehending the impact of this transit strike. I remember the day of the blackout and how hard is was to get anywhere. I know that I would not be walking from where we lived in Queens to work every morning. I would love some feedback from any New Yorkers out there on how you are dealing with the strike.

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My new favorite site

Wikipedia on the people we have met recently.

George Bush Sr.

Al Franken

Oliver North

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December 10, 2005

My Biker Babe

Much to my chagrin Sam rented a motorcycle this weekend. I tried to remain calm while he was racing around the city. But in the end when he came home with that huge smile on his face I have to say it was worth it. (but hopefully it is also out of his system for awhile)


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September 01, 2005

Good Sport

My friend was going to meet John Kerry last night so he asked me if I had anything I wanted signed by him. We didn't really have left over campaign paraphernalia but I had just received the "Jon Stewart Indecision 2004" DVD set in the mail, so I gave him the cover for the "Democratic National Convention : The Race from the White House" DVD and Kerry graciously signed "Best Wishes John Kerry"

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August 29, 2005


This makes me laugh and also freaks me out a little bit. I'm sure there will be people out there saying, "If Michael Jackson can visit, it must not be too bad" to read more click here

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August 02, 2005

I don't get it

I say if you want to join the military, join the military and if you want to join the Peace Corps, join the Peace Corps, or do them both, just not at the same time. It just doesn't seem quite right to me to use Peace Corps as an incentive for Military Service.

Click here and here to read more about it.

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July 26, 2005


I'm curious to hear about how this whole bag searching thing is going to work on the subways in NY. Any New Yorkers out there let me know what you think.

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March 22, 2005

My two cents, not that you asked for it

Anyone out there who is reading this and doesn't have a Living Will should draft one today. There are all sorts of software programs you can download that basically write these estate-type forms for you. You fill in a few things, print them out, and then have them notarized. Not a lot of effort for something that is really important. I try to avoid preaching, but every once in awhile I have something that I feel strongly about and need to mention. Thanks for listening...

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December 01, 2004

I think this is awesome!

From my short experience in the "Diplomatic Community" I imagine this would not go over very well. Click here for the story.

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October 29, 2004

Take a look

Some interesting clips. If you only have time for one I recommend Jon Stewart on Crossfire.

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September 20, 2004

Chicago Tribune article

This is the funniest thing I have read in a long time. If anyone has the September 12 Chicago Tribune I would love a copy.

Click here to read the story.

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July 28, 2004

Politics at their best

If you are not easily offended and would like a good laugh click here.

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May 06, 2004

Michael Moore's new film

Click here to read about the controversy surrounding Michael Moore's new film "Fahrenheit 911" You can also go to his website to follow the story.

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April 25, 2004

"March for Women's Lives" Rally

Here are some pictures from the rally I went to today. You can click on each image for a bigger picture.

For more information about the event go to this website.

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January 20, 2004

A matter of perspective

For anyone who watched the SOTU please share with me what you think constitutes hard work. I'm still trying to think of one thing I could say about myself that would put me in the "hardest working" category.

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Things to Remember

As most people reading this know, we have had a stressful couple of weeks trying to decide in what order we would like to go to places like Algeria, Kosovo, Djibouti, Bangladesh, Mozambique, the list goes on. Its been really nice to have the support of friends and family throughout this process. I have gotten a lot of really helpful feedback. I want to share one thing a friend told me last week that really has stuck in my head and reminds me each day that we are making the right choices.

"I was thinking about you guys this morning as I was walking through the in a "dangerous/hardship" place that most Americans just don't even go to and I thought how proud I am that you have the courage to start a life in countries where an American presence is more important now than ever. And who better to represent than Denise and Sam?!"

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January 15, 2004

Question of the day

Has anyone ever seen a black squirrel? I saw one on my walk to work this morning, kinda felt like a black cat crossed my path. I had no idea they even existed.

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January 14, 2004

Pleasant surprises

Even though I only lived in New York for 3 years, in moving down to the DC area I have realized that I became a "New York snob." I feel like I am always comparing things and that everything is better in New York. People here think the Metro is the greatest thing and that it is so much better than the NY subway just because its cleaner and the seats are padded. Maybe I'll change my mind about that but for now there is no easier place to get around than NYC. Having said that the one thing that has surprised me, in a good way, is the total lack of aggression down here.

You know how in New York you can barely cross the street without getting run down by a car or a bike? Well here you can be a block away from an intersection and cars will wait for you to cross the street. It really cracks me up.

Also this morning as I was walking to work I saw a car accident and when the guy who got hit got out of his car the first words out of his mouth weren't "You F***ing..."

I'm lucky enough to live a 20 minutes walk away from work so I feel like I have so much extra time in my day. Its nice to walk out the door at 8:10 and be home by 5:20!! New York is definitely still winning out, but I have enjoyed the absence of those random daily battles.

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